MEDFORD, Mass. – The No. 20 Tufts University men's tennis team was facing an uphill battle on Sunday, as they faced off against ninth-ranked Williams College, as the Ephs' well-balanced attack traveled up to Medford, Massachusetts, with a 6-3 win over the Jumbos at Voute Courts.
|Senior captain Ben Battle earned a win during No. 2 doubles for the Jumbos.|
Junior Sachin Raghavan, and freshmen Alex Taylor and Benjamin Lebowitz, led the way for the Ephs (10-4, 2-2 in NESCAC), as each posted a win in singles and doubles action. Freshman Zach Shaff starred for the Jumbos (5-6, 2-4 in NESCAC), posting victories during No. 4 singles and No. 2 doubles.
During the No. 1 doubles flight, Taylor and junior Brian Grodecki bested juniors Rohan Gupte and Zain Ali, 8-5. Shaff and senior captain Ben Battle were a great mix of veteran and rookie talent at the No. 2 slot, downing senior Rohan Shastri and junior Jordan Sadowsky, 8-6.
The Ephs clinched the match with a 4-2 mark in singles action, with Shastri flexing his muscles at the top slot, defeating Ali, 6-4, 7-5. Gupte showed his mental toughness during No. 2 singles action, rebounding from a 7-5 setback in the opening set, with a 6-4 second-set win and a 7-6 triumph during the high-pressure third against Grodecki.
Raghavan was in control throughout No. 3 singles, posting a convincing straight-set victory, 6-3, 6-2, over junior Danny Coran. Shaff took the court against sophomore Deepak Indrakanti at the No. 4 slot, as the Allentown, Pennsylvania, native won the first set, 6-4, and then Indrakanti responded with a 6-2 victory in the second. Shaff jumped out to a 3-2 lead in the third, and then Indrakanti could not keep competing due to an injury, resulting in Shaff winning the match.
Taylor outperformed Niemiec, 6-2, 6-2, at the No. 5 slot, and then Lebowitz showcased his talent at the end of No. 6 singles. Sophomore Ethan Chen claimed a 6-4 victory during the opening set, and then Lebowitz fired back with 6-3 and 6-0 victories in the second and third, respectively.
Next on the agenda for the Jumbos will be another NESCAC Conference tilt on Thursday, as the team will host No. 28 Bates at 3:30 p.m. in Medford, Massachusetts.
Written by Trevor Wenners, Athletic Communications Intern